"Main Street manager moving forward on downtown projects" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
New Main Street Manager Tina Israel plans to address downtown needs.

   With her first month as the new Bay City Main Street Program Director under her belt, Tina Israel is looking forward to getting the ball rolling on addressing needs downtown.
   She’s already set her sights on getting the downtown speaker project completed in December.
   “I want them up and on the poles in time for ‘Christmas around the Square’ and for the holiday season,” explained Israel.
   “But, the absolute latest I’m willing to accept is in January for Camofest. We need to get the ball rolling on installing them.”
   Other projects she’s looking at include new benches downtown on the courthouse itself and fixing the broken bricks in the sidewalk.
   “I’m working closely with County Judge Nate McDonald to secure grant funds for new benches on the courthouse that will be bolted down,” said Israel.
   “The benches will be made of 100% recycled plastic and definitely add beauty and places for our elderly and handicapped to sit and enjoy our downtown area.”
   Israel added that she has been walking the sidewalks downtown and noting which bricks need to be replaced while working with Bay City Manager Shawna Burkhart about cleaning the bricks that are in good shape.
   “We’ve also discussed possibly having the Parks and Recreation Department help out with maintaining the sidewalks and so forth,” she said.

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